The images and reminders of Saturday’s hate-driven violence in Charlottesville remain imprinted on the nation’s consciousness, and work continues in the Triangle to create something positive from those horrific memories.

Colleen Sharp, a Raleigh resident who was at the Charlottesville demonstrations, expressed that sentiment at a protest Tuesday at the Federal Building on New Bern Avenue.

“These traumas aren’t just going to go away,” Sharp said.

A candlelight vigil in Raleigh at seven p.m. Wednesday has the goal of standing against hate and violence. It will take place at Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough Street.

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane and challenger Charles Francis plan to attend the nonpolitical event. Sponsors for the event are Pullen, Temple Beth Or Social Action committee, and the Triangle MLK Committee.

“Please join us as we provide an example that a community full of different people, beliefs and attitudes can come together and support what we know is right—a community that strives to be understanding and turns its back on extremist groups and beliefs that do not reflect our values as a community, city or country,” the sponsors said in a statement.